Aromatherapy

Lavender, Cooling Essential Oil Uses and Benefits

First of all, lavender is an absolutely an incredible essential oil. Why? This INCREDIBLY popular oil has all kinds of benefits. The name itself is derives from Latin “lavare” which means to wash. Back in the day, lavender flower and the oil have been used as herbal medicine. the subtle floral scent of lavender can help you to relax and sleep easily.

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History of Lavender

The earliest recorded use of lavender can be traced back to ancient Egypt time. Lavender oil have been the most important role within the Egyptians culture because the oil is used in the mummification process. Then couple decades or hundred years later, lavender became popular among the Persian, the Greek and of course the Roman. Lavender oil has become a bath additive because they believed that lavender helped to purify mind and body. Well they were not wrong actually.

Lavender has been used to treat many, many ailments from mental to physical such as:

  1. Mental health issues
  2. Anxiety
  3. Insomnia
  4. Depression!
  5. Headache
  6. Hair loss
  7. Acne
  8. Toothache
  9. Skin irritations
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Way To Use of Lavender Essential Oil

Now, lavender has becoming more popular across the globe. People use lavender in many ways to promote good health and well – being, such as lavender essential oil for instant. Lavender been processed through steam distilled to make an essential oil from the flowering tops of the plant. Here some ways of using lavender:

Aromatherapy

Lavender is most commonly used in aromatherapy because the fragrance from the essential oils are believed to help promote calmness. Moreover, breathing it in has been found to help with alleviating headaches.

Most important question of all, why does the smell of lavender can make you sleepy? Lavender oil is mainly Linalyl Acetate & Linalool, two chemicals that rapidly absorbed into your bloodstream.

Sleep Aid

Lavender been recommended best herbal medicine for those who suffer from insomnia or other sleep disorders. You can diffuse the essential oil by droping 4 to 5 drop of lavender in the diffuser or use the old school way by stuffing your pillow with lavender flowers (if not, then add 2 – 3 drop of oil to your pillow). Other than to help sleep, lavender also been used to treat headaches, nervousness and restlessness.

Lavender tea is used as a supplement to treat disruption, restlessness and stomach irritation.

Skin Condition

Masseuse or massage therapist sometimes apply lavender oil topically as a calming agent and sleep aid. When the essential oil been applied to the skin, it shown a very promising results in helping with eczema, acne, sunburns, and diaper rash.

Other Ways

Done with the body and mind, now for your household. Try combine the lavender oil with water in a spray bottle and then freshen your linen closet, mattress and even your car seat. In couple of minutes you will feel that calming air flowing out.

You can even use this essential oil in cooking. Yes cooking! Lavender can soften citrus flavors and can add a twist to marinades, baked goods and also desserts.

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Safety Precaution

There are a few known side effects to these well known oil. These include nausea, headaches, chills, and vomiting. It can also irritate the skin if you have an intolerance.

Other than that, all essential oils are not safe to consume and can cause significant poisoning even if small amounts are ingested. This is why essential oils are not food – grade products and not tested by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for safety. The use of undiluted essential oils on sensitive skin and / or in the nostrils can irritate or burn. Susceptible people may also develop an allergic reaction and a skin rash. All in all, even though lavender oil have shown great promise of treating ailment, there are few people cannot use it for their own well being.

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